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More platinum-based green hydrogen generation on the way 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2022 Up to 1 350 t of green hydrogen can now be generated a year from renewable solar and wind power in the Wunsiedel Energy Park, in Germany. “This is another example of platinum-based production of green hydrogen in Europe that will assist both the replacement of imported natural gas and the earlier... 

Global Tailings Summit in January will seek to address global tailings safety 

By: Darren Parker     30th September 2022 Following the September 11 collapse of the Jagersfontein tailings dam, in the Free State, in South Africa, mining company CEOs, government Ministers from major mining nations and other key stakeholders have been invited by institutional investors to a Global Tailings Summit to be held in London,... 

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Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Grant Mitchell: Minerals Councll Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen at sea on world-first offshore demonstrator platform  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The world’s first offshore green hydrogen production demonstrator platform has been positioned offshore of France. “This is the first time that renewable hydrogen will be produced at sea,” French company Lhyfe stated in a release to Engineering News & Mining Weekly. (Also watch attached Creamer... 

Lhyfe producing green hydrogen at sea.
Green hydrogen at sea initiative. Lhyfe technical director Thomas Créach interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northern Cape’s proposed green hydrogen hub can help open region’s full energy potential 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2022 The Boegoebaai green hydrogen hub in the Northern Cape can be a strategic project to open Southern Africa’s full green energy potential. A 24-month study of the strategic potential of the hub is within a hair’s breadth of reaching the halfway mark. 

Sasol hydrogen programme management head Rilet Davison.
Sasol hydrogen programme management head Rilet Davison.

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024  

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New CEO sees great opportunity to boost efforts to increase platinum investor numbers 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 New World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) CEO Trevor Raymond – working closely with WPIC leadership and a wider team – describes as great the opportunity to boost efforts to increase the number of investors globally who are considering allocating to platinum, amid the forceful worldwide... 

New World Platinum Investment Council CEO Trevor Raymond.
New World Platinum Investment Council CEO Trevor Raymond.

WA govt takes action to combat sexual harrassment in mining

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2022 The Western Australian government on Wednesday outlined a number of actions to tackle sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace in response to the Parliamentary inquiry into the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining industry. The results of the Inquiry, released earlier this year, found that... 

Image shows gumboots and hard hats stacked

Minerals Council says August mine safety regression a red flag 

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2022 Industry body the Minerals Council South Africa says the industry’s safety performance in August, during which eight fatalities were recorded, making it the worst month of the year, is a red flag that it cannot ignore and demands an immediate, proactive response. In the year to date, the total... 

An underground mining operation

EU-like energy approach needed in Southern Africa, says Namibia presidential adviser 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2022 A collaborative energy approach, like that of the European Union (EU), is needed in Southern Africa, says Namibia’s Presidential economic advisor James Mnyupe. At least South Africa and Namibia should put together a case that shows seriousness about decarbonising Sub Saharan Africa, says Mnyupe,... 

Namibia’s presidential economic adviser James Mnyupe.
Namibia’s presidential economic adviser James Mnyupe.

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Geotab, DriveRisk advancing driver, operator safety through AI 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th September 2022 The primary objective of getting drivers and operators home safely has advanced significantly via telematics company Geotab Africa and behavioural risk monitoring company DriveRisk, with the companies continuing to merge risk and efficiency data to provide customers with “richer holistic insights... 

Geotab Africa sales director Ryan Diesel
DriveRisk chief business development officer Clay Colegate and Geotab Africa sales director Ryan Diesel speak to Creamer Media at Electra Mining.

PGMs demand from hydrogen to eclipse 100 000 oz from next year, report calculates 

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2022 From next year, platinum group metals (PGMs) demand in the hydrogen sector will eclipse 100 000 oz for the first time, according to Metal Focus’ Hydrogen Economy Quarterly Service. Catalysed by the global shift to clean energy, the metals will see year-on-year double-digit growth over the next... 

Demand for platinum group metals forecast to rise sharply.
Demand for platinum group metals forecast to rise sharply.

Union presses for prosecution after miner fatality

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2022 The Mining and Energy Union has this week formally requested the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor pursue a prosecution against labour hire company Mastermyne over the death of coal miner at the Crinum mine, in Queensland, in September last year. Graham Dawson was killed after the roof of the... 

After South African dam collapse, mine waste to be pumped into historical pit

By: Reuters     16th September 2022 A South African company is dumping the sludgy byproduct of mining into a historical diamond pit after the tailings dam that had stored the waste partially collapsed, killing one and leaving scores injured. The government agency overseeing cultural preservation said on Thursday it approved plans... 

Local supplier sole distributor of specialised pumps

16th September 2022 Local pump importer and distributor AQS Liquid Transfer is the sole supplier of industrial pump manufacturers Sandpiper and Versamatic air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps for the South African mining sector. An AODD pump uses compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network. 

An underground mine with a pump in the shaft
SOLID TRANSFER Air-operated double diaphragm pumps use compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network

ICMM, UNEP, PRI say Jagersfontein tragedy shows urgency of responsible tailings management

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th September 2022 The co-convenors of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) have expressed their disappointment about the tailings dam failure that occurred in Jagersfontein, in the Free State, South Africa, on September 11, saying the tragedy underscores the critical importance of... 

Interceptor by Hi-Tec keeping feet on the ground with their range of safety footwear  

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2022 Having evolved out of footwear company Hi-Tec Sports, which was founded in 1974 by Frank van Wezel, subsidiary Hi-Tec Work has evolved into Interceptor, which the company says “answers to end-users’ demand in providing safety footwear”. Interceptor by Hi-Tec, explains brand manager Geraint... 

Interceptor by Hi-Tec
Hi-Tec brand manager Geraint Beacham speaks to Creamer Media at Electra Mining.

Minerals Council, AfriForum establish funds to assist Jagersfontein community

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2022 Industry organisation the Minerals Council South Africa has launched an internal emergency Minerals Council Jagersfontein Relief Fund for its members to contribute towards urgent humanitarian assistance, the clean-up of the affected area and to assist with the reconstruction of infrastructure... 

SAICE calls for proper management of infrastructure following Jagersfontein tragedy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2022 The leadership and members of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) have extended their “heartfelt condolences” to the families who have lost loved ones and belongings following the wall collapse of the Jagersfontein mine dam, in the Free State, at the weekend, and wished... 

Pan African effectively building new underground gold mine at Evander  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2022 Midtier Africa-focused gold producer Pan African Resources is effectively building a new internally-funded underground gold mine on two levels of the Evander underground gold mine in Mpumalanga, CEO Cobus Loots said on Wednesday when the company reported record production for the 12 months to... 

Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots.
Pan African CEO Cobus Loots interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Satellite imagery shows extent of Jagersfontein flood damage

By: Darren Parker     14th September 2022 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has released satellite imagery following the Jagersfontein tailings dam burst, in the Free State, on September 11, which caused damage to property and resulted in the loss of lives. The intelligence derived from Sansa’s earth observation satellite... 

Jagersfontein dam before
Jagersfontein dam before

PGMs hotter than ever amid upcoming SAIMM greener world collaboration event  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) as global decarbonisation and environmental, social and governance (ESG) enablers have arguably never been a hotter topic globally, which will be highlighted at the upcoming in-person conference of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) at Sun... 

Implats executive: sustainable development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, who will speak on ESG and Beyond at the upcoming SAIMM PGMs conference.
Implats Executive: Sustainable Development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni (above). SAIMM’s Gary Lane interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Brelko using post-pandemic era to streamline manufacturing processes 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2022 While the Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on many companies, industrial engineer Brelko has used the global pandemic to streamline its processes in manufacturing. “There seems to be a buzz in the air, design houses are hiring staff which would indicate projects are being discussed or... 

Brelko sales and service manager for Africa Jacques du Randt
Brelko sales and service manager for Africa Jacques du Randt speaks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining.

Troubled South African tailings dam had history of high water levels

By: Reuters     13th September 2022 South African authorities shut down the Jagersfontein diamond tailings dam in 2020 due to high water levels before allowing it to reopen last year, a company official said on Monday, a day after the dam burst, killing at least one person and injuring 40. Sludge flooded out of the tailings dam on... 

US aviation fuel developer places order for platinum-based PEM electrolyser

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2022 A United States aviation fuel developer has placed an order for a containerised platinum-using proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser. Nel Hydrogen received the $3-million contract for the containerised PEM electrolyser to be installed at the world’s first commercial ‘alcohol-to-jet’... 

Mudslide kills three at Sierra Metals’ Peru mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2022 Canadian mining company Sierra Metals has reported the death of three contractor employees at its Yauricocha mine, in Peru, citing a mudslide incident at the underground mine. One person was also injured in the incident, which occurred on Sunday afternoon. 

Rise in Limpopo illegal mining concerns portfolio committees

By: Donna Slater     12th September 2022 Limpopo is experiencing a surge in illegal mining activity, particularly in the Sekhukhune, Mopani, Capricorn and Waterberg districts, the Portfolio Committees on Mineral Resources and Energy, Police and Home Affairs report. Delegations from the three portfolio committees concluded a two-day... 

Proudly South African green hydrogen innovation uses platinum fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 A Proudly South African green hydrogen mobile solution, which is scheduled to be launched at the African Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) next month, ticks all the local boxes by making use of a platinum-catalysed hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) and also being able to... 

Jaco Prinsloo and Christo Botha, the key developers of the green hydrogen solution.
Jaco Prinsloo and Christo Botha, the key developers of the green hydrogen solution.

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

Glencore clinches green aluminium deals

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered into a ten-year alumina supply and aluminium offtake agreements with global green aluminium subsidiary of Press Metal Aluminium Holdings, a Malaysian stock exchange listed company. The transactions are seen important steps in the... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Employee dies in fall-of-ground incident at Kamoa-Kakula

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th September 2022 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines says an employee has been killed in a fall-of-ground incident at its Kamoa-Kakula Mining Complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The incident occurred in a development area at the underground Kansoko mine. 

Platinum supply outlook a barrier to global decarbonisation – Davis 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2022 The future quantum of global demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) significantly outweighs global supply from 2023 onwards, the latest review carried out by independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis indicates. Compiled for Auctus Metal Portfolios of Singapore, the review illustrates... 

Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.
Photo by Creamer Media
Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.

Strata advancing PDS, CAS uptake in South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2022 Underground mining products and technology pioneer Strata Worldwide (SP Mine Safety) will, in the next 12 months, continue to develop its project at Black Rock mine, in South Africa’s Northern Cape, which will be the first ISO21815 collision avoidance system (CAS) roll-out in the country. Strata... 

Strata advancing PDS, CAS uptake in South Africa
Strata Worldwide Africa GM Ian Cillie talks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining exhibition.

South Africa plans special police force to combat illegal miners

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2022 The South African Police Service will establish a specialized force to combat illegal mining that’s robbing the nation of revenue and hampering operations at mineral companies. The new security force will be a “multi-disciplinary unit” between the SAPS and the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Smart, efficient and cost-effective fire-suppression solutions from FOGMAKER South Africa on show at EMA 2022 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2022 High pressure water mist fire suppression systems provider FOGMAKER South Africa is using Electra Mining Africa 2022 as a platform to showcase its renowned fire suppression systems, as well as to introduce new products and technologies to the mining industry. “Based on our past experience, this... 

Smart, efficient and cost-effective fire-suppression solutions from FOGMAKER South Africa on show at EMA 2022
FOGMAKER South Africa MD John Russell and FOGMAKER International MD Andreas Svensson talks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining.

Industry faces skills shortage

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th September 2022 There is a significant need to upskill equipment operators in the metallurgy sector, as they often do not receive formal training, says specialist mining training provider Prisma Training Solutions metallurgy training manager Carol Brandt. She adds that a skills gap exists for graduates leaving... 

An image depicting a smiling woman, Carol Brandt
CAROL BRANDT Prisma has provided training solutions for flotation plants in the platinum mining industry, with a noticeable increase in metal recovery once training was completed

Minerals Council, members increase collaboration with govt in fight against illegal mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa and its members have increased their collaboration with the government’s security cluster in the fight against illegal mining and to protect their staff and assets from criminals to combat the scourge that is costing lives and billions of rands. "The South... 

Photo of an old mining shaft being used by illegal miners
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